|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 was Monolith's paranormal thriller F.E.A.R. Taking a look at the game's minimum system requirements, we see that you will need at least a 1.7GHz Pentium 4 with 512MB of system memory and a 64MB graphics card in the Radeon 9000 or GeForce4 Ti-classes or better, to adequately run the game. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.07, we put the graphics cards in this article through their paces to see how they fared with a popular title. Here, all graphics settings within the game were set to their maximum values, but with soft shadows disabled (Soft shadows and anti-aliasing do not work together currently). Benchmark runs were then completed at resolutions of 1,280x960 and 1,600x1,200, with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled.|
As expected, the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX easily earns a position on the podium with the second-fastest average framerate we recorded. Again, only the factory overclocked model turns in a faster performance with the previous generation cards falling up short by 30fps or more. Only the dual-GPU GeForce 7950GX2 remains competitive with a much smaller 10fps performance differential.
Raising the resolution to 1600x1200, we begin to see the performance differential within the field grow smaller. However, the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX still maintains one of the fastest overall framerates. With the more aggressive settings, the significantly higher core and memory frequencies of the factory overclocked XFX model are beginning to pull away from the GeForce 8800 GTX models using reference clock speeds. Whereas there was only a 4fps difference when running at 1280x1024, the performance gap between the two different speeds has now grown to 9fps.